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You look at the clock and you know your family will be home soon. I’m talking 15 minutes.
They will be hungry. No, Starving. They will want food NOW.
I’ve been there and my go-to quick fix is the beefiest cheesiest homemade nachos they could ever imagine.
I created the beefiest cheesiest homemade nachos on a whim in this exact situation. I located some of my farm fresh ingredients in storage as well as some items I keep on hands for emergency situations like these.
One Pound Ground Beef (Browned)
One 8 oz. Can Black Beans (Drained)
One Pint Jar Salsa
Velveeta Cheese (Or any kind of Melting Cheese you’d prefer)
One Cup Sweet Corn, thawed (One 8 oz can)
Pickled Jalepenos (Optional)
Step 1: Grab a large skillet and brown the ground beef. Drain the grease.
Step 2: Open can of black beans and drain the juice. Add to the beef.
Step 3: Add in Salsa and Cheese. Stir together under low heat until the cheese is melted and the mixture is at the dipping consistency you like. Ex: If it’s not runny enough for you, add in more salsa. One pint was more than ideal for us.
Step 4: Stir in one cup of sweet corn.
Step 5: Remove from heat. Enjoy with chips. We like the Tostitos Scoops.
I’m not a huge proponent of Velveeta, but we had it on hand. So, I used it. You can use any melting cheese you’d like. I don’t make dairy products on my farm yet, but someday I will make my own melting cheese for my family.
Cheese is a staple in this household.
You could also make this recipe meatless. Add in some different kinds of beans for a heartier flavor.
The truth is, you could transform this recipe to your heart’s desire. Make it the way YOUR family would enjoy it. I’d love to see some different versions of this recipe. Show me what you got and share it with me.
Farm Fresh Ingredients
The majority of the ingredients we grew on our farm this summer and put up ourselves. It takes hard work and dedication to get through any growing season. Preserving the product to ensure it will be safe for my family to eat is a whole different ballgame in itself.
But so worth it.
Here is just a little bit about each of our farm fresh ingredients used in this recipe:
Our steer was born in our pasture as a bull calf. After feeding him grain and hay mix for a year, he was finally weighed around 1300 pounds.
He’d reached the end of his life. It was time for him to go into our freezer.
To clarify, we put half of him in the freezer. And he filled it up.
So much beef to eat!
Finding beef for your freezer is super easy. Cattle producers, like us, are always looking for someone to purchase halves or quarters of healthy beef.
Keeping our own homeraised beef on hand is so rewarding after the hard work and dedication of caring for the animal.
It’s now the calf’s turn to give back to us. This one definitely delivered.
Canned Homemade Salsa
After raising 60 tomato plants this summer, I ended up with a good yield of tomatoes.
This year was different, though.
My first trimester self did not agree with the smell of fresh tomatoes. At all.
Therefore, my wonderful husband manned up and canned this salsa for me.
He used Mrs. Wages seasoning packages to season the salsa.
It tastes delicious in the nacho mix and you can put as much in there as you want.
Our sweet corn was so good fresh this summer. Of course, like anything else, sweet corn doesn’t last.
I froze many quarts and gallons of sweet corn. This will help the corn last all winter. We can enjoy it with any meal or by itself.
The sweet corn added in some texture and flavor to the nachos. It was a nice little add in.
This was Matt’s baby as I’m not a fan of jalepenos. We received several plants from a friend last spring and planted them in our herb garden.
They did way too well. Matt decided he was going to put some up to enjoy over the Winter.
He found the recipe in the ball canning book and decided to try a few jars.
He canned two half pints of jalepenos himself. I helped when I wasn’t gagging from the smell of the peppers.
Now was finally his chance to try them out.
To be honest, he didn’t like them. Ha! He said they were way too strong with too much kick. Yow!
It was fun to see his reaction to the jalepenos he canned himself.
So Quick, Easy, & Fresh
A hungry homeward bound family is much happier knowing there’s a hearty meal waiting for them. The prep and cook time for this meal was around 20 minutes. Easy peasy.
So comforting and delicious!
I hope you enjoy it with your family in a pinch of time.